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Straperlo or Stra-Perlo was the brand of a fraudulent electric roulette game, promoted by Strauss and Perlo[1].

In 1935 during the Second Spanish Republic, they tried to introduce the Stra-Perlo in the San Sebastián and Formentor casinos in Spain. It was discovered that the house could alter the results by pressing a button. Corruption connected with the prohibition of the game reached the nephew of Alejandro Lerroux and caused the downfall of his Radical Republican Party. The political centre was abandoned and the Spanish public polarized, contributing to the Spanish Civil War.

After the war, estraperlo acquired the meaning of black market[2], the illegal trade of ration items.

See also

References

  1. ^ Estraperlo in the Diccionario crítico etimológico castellano e hispánico, by Joan Corominas and José Antonio Pascual, Madrid: Editorial Gredos, 1989. ISBN 84-249-1363-9.
  2. ^ estraperlo in the Diccionario de la Real Academia Española.
  • Marc Fontbona, El estraperlo, una ruleta política, "La Aventura de la historia" (Madrid), núm. 120 (Octubre 2008), 36-40.
  • José Carlos García Rodríguez El Caso Strauss. El escándalo que precipitó el final de la II República Editorial Akrón, Astorga (León), 2008 ISBN 978-84-936725-0-8.

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